Sad Sign of the Times: Brookfield (CT) Craft Center Closes
I just found out that the Brookfield Craft Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching handmade crafts skills, is closing due to financial difficulties.
“The economic downturn has had a severe impact on income from our education and retail programs and availability of state funding and foundation grants,” says Richard Herrmann, executive director. “Even with reduced expenses and generous contributions by our Board of Directors and other donors, income has not been sufficient to cover operating costs.”
The center, located just 20 minutes from The Taunton Press in Connecticut, was founded in 1954 by Nancy Hagmayer. According to its mission statement, the center worked “to stimulate interest in handmade objects of good design, to act as a clearinghouse for information related to handcrafts and to act as a sales outlet for the encouragement of practicing craftsmen.”
The economy has whalloped not only high-school craft programs (and woodworking classes in particular) but also local donor-sponsored craft schools. With all these doors closing, it means folks will have to work harder to find outlets for their creativity. It’s too bad because I’d hate to see hand skills disappear from our educational landscape.
Located just outside of Danbury, CT, the Brookfield Craft Center has been a place for all manner of artisans to perfect--and sell--their work.
The red buildings, which sit on the banks of the Still River, have been landmarks on the Brookfield landscape for years.